We have seen what could happen if access to safe abortion care is taken away. Before Roe, every large municipal hospital in the U.S. had a special section of the hospital filled with women suffering from infections from improperly performed, illegal abortions and an estimated 5,000 women died every year before 1973. Women drank household chemicals or tried to throw … [Read more...] about HARM, HOPE and HEALTH – consequences of passing the RPA!
The Womxn Project (TWP, previously The Woman Project) was formed in 2017, by a few passionate and outspoken Rhode Island womxn, to educate others about Rhode Island’s regressive abortion laws. What began as a protest of the present moment has become a movement for change.
While Rhode Island was the first state to promote religious freedom, for far too long reproductive freedom has been quietly governed - if indirectly - by the Catholic Church.
TWP was created to let Rhode Islanders know the truth: if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level, RI will have no law to protect the right to abortion. Most Rhode Islanders, living in a ‘blue state,’ did not realize that without Roe vs. Wade, RI could revert to old laws which are among the most restrictive and oppressive in the entire United States.
That is why TWP balances artistic events and traditional actions to make change locally or at the state level. These are some of the action TWP will make, online or physically somewhere, to add our voice to the many calling for change.
We know we reach out a lot and we ask you to take action with us, but we are so close to seeing this through. We need you to stay in it with us. This is really SOOOOOOO much bigger than the Rhode Island bill. Yes, we are working hard to protect the right to abortion, but we are also making it clear that we will not just watch as around the country abortion is banned. We will … [Read more...] about Update and KEEPING UP the pressure!
We want to say thank you. Thank you to the more than ONE HUNDRED people who joined us last night at the protest in front of the Senate Democrat fundraiser. Thank you to the THOUSANDS of people across the state who have given their time and energy to this campaign. Thank you for being in this with us. We are grateful to you for your passion and commitment. We ARE making a … [Read more...] about Protests, Parades and Postcards – Oh My!
In recent months, we have made it clear that when we come together we are strong and we make a difference! We are building a movement to create real and lasting change. We are incredibly proud of what we have been able to do together to push to protect our rights. But there is something else you can decide to do that will have a HUGE impact on the issues that you care about … [Read more...] about We are powerful – #TakeItBackRI!
Across the country, people are showing up in parks, public squares and state Capitol buildings to urge lawmakers to #StoptheBans. The Womxn Project will be at our State House at noon to speak out as part of this national day of action and to show our #AbortionSolidarity! Today we are not just calling on lawmakers to stop the bans. We also need them to stop the lies! There are … [Read more...] about #StoptheBans And Stop The Lies!
After more than two months with no action out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a vote has FINALLY been scheduled for the Reproductive Health Care Act (S 152A) this Tuesday, May 14th! We will be there to make our voices heard to protect the right to abortion. This is it. The stakes could not be higher. Just today lawmakers in Alabama pushed yet another outright ban on … [Read more...] about RHCA VOTE ON TUESDAY, 5/14 – be there with us!
By Cori Garland I spent yesterday afternoon at the Rhode Island State House dressed as a handmaid from Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. For the uninitiated, Atwood's handmaidens are forced to endure pregnancy that is the product of rape because the theocracy governing the former United States has decided that all fertile women must procreate and must … [Read more...] about Being a Handmaid at the Rhode Island State House
Hey, Womxn Project friends. You may have seen that earlier today the Georgia governor signed House Bill 481, a bill banning aboriton as early as 6 weeks – a time when most people do not even know that they are pregnant. Several states are moving bills that are basically outright bans. That is why we are standing in solidarity. All this week we are encouraging folks to help … [Read more...] about Solidarity with the South & actions for access in Rhode Island!
The Womxn Project knows how important it is that we have the information and contraceptive supplies to prevent unintended pregnancy and plan their families, that we can obtain prenatal care to have a healthy pregnancy, and that we can get a safe abortion when we need to end a pregnancy. Making sure people can become parents when they are ready and have the support the need … [Read more...] about WE are pro-family. We are speaking up for women and families.
It has been an exciting week! We had large groups of folks at the State House all week to make it clear that Rhode Island women do not want to wait any longer to protect our rights. Mid-week we had a group of handmaidens with us and it shook things up. The handmaids represent a dystopian future where women do not have rights or agency – the kind of future we are fighting … [Read more...] about Let’s keep it up! Let’s get this done.
To the members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, We are submitting testimony on behalf of The Womxn Project. The Womxn Project is a non-profit organization in Rhode Island focused on building a strong, feminist, community-based movement to further human rights of Rhode Islanders by using art and activism to advance education and social change. We have a … [Read more...] about Testimony for House Bill 5609/Senate Bill 0678: Doula Services Covered by Insurance & Medicaid
Hey, Womxn Project friends. We know that a majority of legislators and a majority of voters want to see the Reproductive Health Care Act passed THIS YEAR! We are doing all we can to make that happen. We need your help. We need the Senate leadership to LEAD – to get this bill out of the Judiciary Committee, to the floor and to the governor’s desk without amendments. … [Read more...] about Senate Leaders need to LEAD to protect our health and rights!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our big FUN'draiser on Sunday. We had an exciting weekend full of organizing and community building across the state from Portsmouth to Coventry to Providence and Warwick. You can check out pictures on our Facebook and Twitter. We have another fun and fabulous opportunity THIS WEEK! On Thursday, April 4th from 3:00-7:30pm, we will be in … [Read more...] about Making Art, Making Change
Hello Womxn Project Movement! Coming at you with a message to share the MANY opportunities to speak out with us to turn up the heat and push through the Reproductive Health Care Act (S 152A). We are sooooo close, but we have to work hard to maintain the momentum to see this campaign through! A new and fun action is happening this Sunday from 11:00am-12:00pm in Coventry. … [Read more...] about HONK if you support the RHCA!